Mossy Ridge Trail at Percy Warner Park

May 31, 2010 in Tennessee Hiking Trails by amylaree

Percy Warner Park Trailhead

Lots of options at Percy Warner Park

While we tried out the Warner Woods Trail at Percy Warner Park back in January, it wasn’t until the end of May that we made it back to this über-convenient West Nashville park.

Again, Percy Warner did not disappoint.  The Mossy Ridge Trail is easily the most difficult trail that we’ve done within the Nashville city limits.  At 4.5 miles with a number of moderate climbs, this trail left both Nate and I a wee bit sore after our flood- and travel-induced hiking hiatus.  However, even if our quads and calves ached a little, this was the perfect trail to welcome us back.

  1. Scenery:  3.0
  2. Difficulty:  3.5
  3. Length:  4.5 miles
  4. Dog Friendliness: 3.0
  5. Convenience:  5.0
  6. Bonus Funtimes: 2.0
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Scenery (3.0 out of 5.0):  Aside from a very few random snippets of road noise, this is a trail that does an amazing job of making you feel very removed from the metro Nashville. We kicked off the hike with a sighting of the calmest deer I’ve ever seen. After that spotting, we found the trail filled with a seemingly endless supply of trees.  However, many of these trees and surrounding foliage suffered serious blows from the Nashville floods at the beginning of the month.

Trees blocking path in Percy Warner Park

Just two of the many flood-downed trees blocking the trail.

Percy Warner Park is located off of Highway 70 not far from Bellevue, which took a tremendous hit from the rains.  A walk along the Mossy Ridge Trail bore plenty of evidence to the water’s destructive powers.

The hills and trees were briefly broken up by an occasional access road, but that was the only sign that you’re basically in the middle of an urban environment at this park.  Dripping Springs offered a nice respite and broke up the hills and trees with a nice spring of water that dripped down the trail side rocks.

Mossy Ridge Trail at Percy Warner Park Closed

Technically we weren’t supposed to get on this trail.

Difficulty (3.5 out of 5.0):  While we were certainly out of practice from the weekly hiking that we enjoyed in early spring, Nate and I were both pretty sure this trail was more difficult than the average treks that are in 60 Hikes within 60 Miles.  We  hit up this trail during Memorial Day Weekend, the “unofficial start of summer,” which brought along an officially heavy dose of  humidity.  And boy did the leafy canopy at Percy Warner Park do a fantastic job of locking in that sweltering effect!

As for the trail itself, we traveled the loop backwards which left us with a long climb during the last mile of the hike.  If you’d rather opt for a downhill path at the end of your hike, head to the right when you get to the start of the trail.

Mossy Ridge Trail at Percy Warner Park

Mossy Ridge Path

Length: 4.5 miles

Dog Friendliness (3.0 out of 5.0):  Ezra didn’t make it out on this hike with us.  Instead, he was at the groomer’s getting his first ever summer buzz cut.  I had no idea so many spots lurked under that fluffy fur coat!  While Ezra didn’t make it out with us on this day, there were plenty of dogs out with their owners.  We would have ranked this higher for its dog-friendliness, but with only one stream on the trail, this would’ve made a more difficult hike for Ezra on such a hot and humid day.  However, we did see some dogs that had clearly enjoyed a dip in a nearby pond somewhere, it just wasn’t on the immediate Mossy Ridge Trail.

Deer in Percy Warner Park

Convenience (5.0 out of 5.0):  Easily accessed from Highway 70, this is an easy drive from wherever you are in the Nashville area.

Bonus Funtimes (2.5 out of 5.0):  With a playground, plenty of picnic tables and several trails for both bicyclists and horse riders, there are several ways to enjoy Percy Warner Park.


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